CA University Theatre Boss Resigns Over Play Cancellation

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Michele Roberge has resigned from Cal State Long Beach over a play with a controversial title.
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Carpenter Performing Arts Center CSULB

There was a time when The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Damn Yankees raised eyebrows. But we came to live with even The Motherfu**er With the Hat.

Today's controversial title is N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk and it has cost Michele Roberge, executive director of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University Long Beach, her job of 14 years.

Roberge submitted her resignation after she was instructed by university president Jane Close Conoley to cancel the planned student production. Roberge told the Los Angeles Times that “I could no longer work for an organization that not only condones but practices censorship.”

The 2005 play, which uses racial slurs to make points about racism in the U.S., has been touring the country and had previously played at Cal State Long Beach in 2015.

Conoley told the Times that she had fielded complaints from private donors and other faculty members (but no students) about the lack of educational value in the play. She was quoted as saying she didn’t “intend my decision as a form of censorship, and I fully support the right to free expression. As an academic, my decision was based on my perception of the academic value of the performance for our students and faculty.”

Here is a clip from the play:

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